Saucony Triumph ISO Review (Update)

Saucony Triumph ISO ReviewFor the last few months I’ve been running in the Saucony Triumph.  It’s my staple training shoe.  I’ll occasionally run in the Nike Vomero and Asics Nimbus but 90% of my mileage is in the Saucony Triumph.

I posted a previous review about the shoe in April. Since posting that review I still really like the shoe.  In fact the Saucony Triumph ISO is my go to trainer. I’ve bought another pair and I’ve run 300-400 miles in both shoes.

Wow, I’ve run a fair amount of miles in the last few months! 

As with ANY shoe reviews keep in mind that what works for me, might not work for you. The Internet does not have your feet. I like a lot of cushion and am a neutral runner. Just because a shoe is good for me does not make it a good shoe for you.

The Fit: 

I like the upper material of the new Saucony ISO.  The new ISO fit allows you to get a better and more personal fit.  Your foot swells during a run and the ISO stretches to match that during a run.  Therefore the shoe fits well before, during and after the run.

In my experience at work, the ISO material also allows the shoe to fit lot of different feet.  ISO is also in the new Saucony Hurricane and Zealot. The tongue of the shoe is attached and it gives it a more glove like fit.

The Saucony Triumph runs pretty true to size. I bounce back between a 9.5 wide and a 10 regular in running shoes. I wear a 9.5 wide or 10 in the Triumph too.

Running in the shoe:

As I said previous review, this is by far the lightest shoe I’ve trained consistently in.  At first I was uncomfortable with training in it because it was so light. I thought I was one step away from a racing flat!  Unlike many other heavier well cushioned shoes, you must trust the cushion is there in the Triumph.  The cushion is there and it is awesome.

It has an 8-millimeter drop so you feel as if you are being supported and catapulted which each stride.  After running in Newtons for years I like the catapult feeling.

Does the heel to toe drop matter? It adds more of workload to your calves so expect them to be more sore.

Overall Thoughts:

I obviously like the Saucony Triumph a lot. It is a very cushioned shoe  which is something I need to keep me healthy. If you are looking for a lightweight but neutral cushioned trainer, this is a great shoe.

Pros: Wider, Cushioned, Glove like fit

Cons: Lighter, “trust the shoe cushioning”, hard to maneuver through the lacing at first

Similar options: Brooks Glycerin, Nike Vomero and Asics Nimbus

On one of my many runs.  These shoes have seen a few places.
On one of my many runs. These shoes have seen a few places.

Questions for you:

What shoe are you training in?

Do you prefer more cushion or less?



  1. ALL the cushioning for me. My poor old bones need it. I do like the idea of a more lightweight shoe where you don’t feel the cushioning as much though.

    I’m still wearing my old Asics Kayano 20s and they are literally falling apart at this point. I hate what they’ve done to the 21s though and I still can’t find any other shoe that accommodates my wide feet/freakishly small ankles. If I get desperate I can run in the Addidas Boosts I like to race in, but they’re really too flexible and soft to do that long-term.

    I absolutely love the colours on those purple Sauconys!

  2. Thanks for posting this Hollie. I have been looking at the Triumph, although I have not worn Sauconys in several years. I like that it has more cushion, which is the reason I went to Hokas. Still liking my Hokas and my Newton Gravities (which are kind of opposite ends of the spectrum), but I like to try something new now and again.

  3. Great review. I run and race in Nike Pegasus. I like the stability of the shoe and the extra cushioning for the higher milage weeks. I’m still toying with the idea of racing flats but I think I will be saving those for post marathon training.

    1. That’s interesting you mention that Jamie, there is no stability in the Pegasus! I’m glad it’s working for you.

  4. I always love reading your shoe reviews! I’ve been on the hunt for a new trainer, and haven’t yet found my new go to. Currently I’m in Brooks Adrenaline, but have found them getting a bit narrow with the last few models (or my foot is getting a bit wider…) I also like a fair amount of cushion for my everyday trainer, but need a bit more stability, Any suggestions?

    1. The Saucony hurricane and omni both have wider toe boxes. Also a lot of people have had similar problems with the toe box. We have fit more people this update to the adrenaline wide too. Let me know if you try any of those Mia! 🙂

      1. I really appreciate you taking the time to give me some recommendations! I’ll definitely give those a try.

  5. I told you before how much I adore this shoe. I can’t get over the ISO fit. It really conforms to your foot. I tend to sweat A LOT, so my feet swell a ton. These stay comfortable, though, so it’s a win! Glad you like them, too, and you’re running a lot of injury free miles!

  6. I used to love the Triumph but I stopped wearing them when they changed their heel drop. I need the standard 12mm heel drops. I love cushion, which is why I love Nimbus. The Glycerine is nice too but just a bit too wide for me.

  7. I may have to finally check out Sacuony. I need new shoes with a wider toe box and I like what you said about ISO stretching with your swelling feet – especially in the summer!

    1. It sounds like these might be a good fit for you. I was never a Saucony person until recently but their updates are great.

  8. I love reading shoe reviews. I’ve never run in Sauconys. I’m a shoe journey right now but it’s so hard and you are right-whatever works for someone might not work for you. I’m trying the Adidas Ultra boost right now and my soreness might be from my calves bc of the lower drop-thanks for reminding me to give them some time to break in before I make a decision!

  9. I used to be a huge Saucony person. I am also best in a neutral shoe with plenty of cushion. Great review. I’d like to check these out!

  10. I’m a fan of the Triumph. I actually have to get a new pair soon! I’m also thinking about taking the Asics plunge and buying a Nimbus. Decisions, decisions. 🙂

  11. I’m glad these shoes work for ya! A lot of my friends really like Saucony. I tried the Ride out on a group run with Fleet Feet once and I did not care for them, but I think I needed to try a different shoe. I do love those wear test runs because I’m kind of a geek and like to try different shoes, I used to stick with Mizuno but I branched out this past year and it was a good decision. I have different shoes for different days.

    My favorite shoe right now is the New Balance Fresh Foam Zante, it is lightweight and feels great for short runs, track workout, or races… but I’ve also run long runs in them. It’s just enough cushioning for me.

  12. I am currently running in Saucony Kinvara and Saucony Nomad. I really like how Saucony models feel on my foot. They are also lightweight which is really nice. I like a lower drop and less cushioning because my ankles start to get weak with too much support. I’ll have to try these shoes out the next time I go to the running store.

  13. I like a lot of suppor with my running shoes. I’ve been a fan of Brooks but I got some Asics from a friend (can’t turn down a free pair of new running shoes!) and I’ve actually really liked those as well!

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